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Episode 175 – Heroes of Mike and Magic

Heroes RememberedWe are living in an age of villains.  In case you haven’t noticed, the bad guys are winning.  The Eldrazi are free.  Nicol Bolas is still scheming.  And now, the Phyrexians have taken over the plane formerly known as Mirrodin.  During these dark times, who do we turn to for hope?  The planeswalkers?  Bah.  Since this new breed of ‘walkers came to light, the heroes haven’t had much in the way of victory.  Dark times indeed.

To combat this, today we will remember the heroes of yore.  The ones who fought against, and triumphed over, the evils that now beset us daily.  Powerful planeswalkers, mere humans, and even artificial beings that we used to look to when things were at their darkest.  Perhaps this discussion will inspire a new hero to step forth and save us.  Is there a man among you here?  Is there not one who values courage over life?

Whoa, I sort of went off the deep end there.  And did I quote some Protomen there at the end?  That’s the song featured in this episode, how appropriate.  Huh, I need to start sleeping more.  Right then, back to the episode.  We also have a brief discussion about the new Wizards event scheduling, particularly how it relates to a certain other high-level tournament series.  Then we’ve got the New Phyrexia preview cards that have been spoiled!  Yay!  There aren’t many, but see which one had Dirk quite literally flustered.  Also, I used the word “eidetic” during this episode.  Go me.

Announcement about 2012’s Tournament Structure:

New Phyrexia Visual Spoiler:

Free stuff mentioned at the end of the episode courtesy of Top Deck Games in Kernersville, NC.  Randy’s the owner, and he can be reached at 336-996-8088.  Give him a call and see if he’ll cut you a deal!  Be sure to tell him we sent you!

Intro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – Vengeance by The Protomen – http://www.protomen.com

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  1. Cramble
    April 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    don’t worry Dirk, the green and red Praetors DO NOT SUCK…
    i pooped

    i wont say anything because i know you don’t endorse non-official spoilers but damn….. damn

  2. April 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    This episode was Ri-donkulous.

  3. April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    With regard to the Phyrexian Mana, consider the following:
    There are, or at least can be, certain spells that in an act of desperation a planeswalker can call upon their lifeforce in order to cast them. These spells would need to be spawned from a force that will accept such a bargain (such as Phyrexia).
    I dont think it bleeds the color pie. A blue mage, and a blue mage alone, can cast the shapeshifter without giving up their lifeforce. The Phyrexians dont care who is casting them so long as the price is paid: the requsite blue mana or a part of the planeswalker.

  4. April 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget the blue preator!!!! No spoilers yet but just wait, already thinking of ways to cheat these preators out early…. 🙂

  5. Brian
    April 22, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink


    That’s actually a very flavorful take on P-Mana, and I don’t dispute that Wizards can introduce the concept. My problem with it is purely mechanical. As we discussed on the episode, it was some of the particular spells, especially the clone, that are so entrenched in a particular colors that others being able to cast them- without splashing the base color- feels wrong to me. Still, what you say makes a lot of sense from a flavor perspective.

  6. Samuel Sedgman
    April 24, 2011 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Best title ever… No exceptions.

    Keep it up dorks 🙂

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